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Last night’s games:
Utica 6 Mohawk Valley 4
The Utica Brewers scored two runs in three separate innings to defeat the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs at home, 6-4. Utica went to 6-29 on the year and Mohawk Valley went to 20-15.
Mohawk Valley got on the scoreboard in the first inning, scoring two runs to take a 2-0 lead. Zach Collett’s RBI groundout scored Trey Stover and Jayson Sullivan hit an RBI single to center field that scored Colin Hawk. Utica responded with two runs of its own in the home half of the inning. An error allowed Cedric Mullins to score the first run and Jabari Gayle hit an RBI single to score the second run. Mullins scored on another error in the third and Hayden Kelly hit an RBI groundout to make it 4-2 Utica.
The DiamondDawgs got one back in the top of the fifth on a Stover RBI single that scored Greg Fazio. The Brewers one-upped the visitors in the home half, scoring two runs for the third time of the night. Cody Burton hit an RBI single and later came around to score as Gayle stole second and Mohawk Valley catcher Eric Strano made an error. Strano hit an RBI single in the top of the eighth to pull the DiamondDawgs within two, but it wasn’t enough as Utica went on to win, 6-4.
Marcos Martinez allowed three runs in seven strong innings of work. Martinez struck out four in his second win of the summer. Anthony Pastrana tossed six innings and allowed the six runs, but just three of them were earned.
Elmira 12 Newark 8
The Elmira Pioneers erupted for six runs in the top of the seventh inning and went on to defeat the Newark Pilots, 12-8. Elmira picks up a game on Newark and Watertown and is now 20-1 7 on the year. Newark is 21-16 and still tied for first place in the West Division with Watertown.
Derek Reed started the scoring in the second, hitting a sacrifice fly that scored Pilot shortstop Tanner Giesel. A Chris Kalousidian RBI fielder’s choice in the top of the third tied the game at one. The tie score was short lived as Tim Lewis hit a three-run home run for Newark to give the Pilots a 4-1 lead. Elmira climbed within one in the sixth inning on a Taylor Skerpon RBI single and a wild pitch. Newark made it a 6-3 game in the bottom of the inning on a Zach Wall RBI double and a Dorian Hairston RBI single.
Then came the big inning for Elmira. With two outs in the inning, Derek Deler and Joey Guaragna hit 2-RBI doubles, TJ Dixon hit an RBI single, and Dixon scored on a wild pitch. An error and a Drew Fisher RBI single pushed the lead to 11-6 in the eighth. Another Newark error allowed Dixon to score in the top of the ninth to make it 12-6. The home team did score two runs in the bottom of the ninth. Hairston hit an RBI double and Luis SIlverio hit an RBI single, but it wasn’t enough for Newark with Elmira holding on to win, 12-8.
Taylor Ahearn tossed six innings and allowed six runs (all earned) for Elmira in picking up the win. Newark reliever Chad Valcoviak took the loss.
Amsterdam 5 Glens Falls 0
Dominance is probably the best way to explain Amsterdam’s 5-0 win over Glens Falls on Sunday. The Mohawks struck out 18 batters and allowed just one hit to the Golden Eagles. Amsterdam was also the first team to clinch a playoff spot, ensuring a chance to win its third straight championship. The Mohawks are now 29-8 on the year and Glens Falls is 15-22.
Thomas Kain got Amsterdam on the scoreboard in the third inning. Kain clubbed his fifth home run of the season to left center field, giving the Mohawks a 1-0 lead. Amsterdam scored four of its five runs in the fifth inning. John Razzino and Josh Gardiner scored the first two runs on a bunt and an error. A Blake Logan sacirifice fly on a popup to the first baseman scored Kain and Joe Purritano scored on a Joey Aiola RBI double.
Kevin Guthrie picked up the win for the visitors. Guthrie threw five no-hit innings and struck out eight batters in the process. The bullpen combination of Joe Randall, Daniel Castro, John McCarren and Thomas Hackimer allowed one hit while striking out ten. The 18 strikeouts were the most of any team in a single game this year. Sam Steeves allowed five runs in five innings in taking the loss.
Albany 3 Watertown 1
The Albany Dutchmen used runs in three separate innings to defeat the host Watertown Rams, 3-1. With the Newark loss to Elmira, the Rams stay tied for first place in the West Division. Albany moved to 18-19 on the year.
Watertown scored its only run in the bottom of the first inning to take a 1-0 lead. Santino Alteri hit a one-out triple to right center field and came around to score on a Nick Moore RBI single to right field. Albany tied the game at one in the top of the fifth as Justin Brock walked, stole second, advanced to third on a passed ball, and came around to score on a Danny Hrbek RBI double down the right field line.
Adam Lee doubled to lead off the sixth inning and scored on a Sean Aspinall single to right. The final run of the game scored in the top of the eighth inning as Lee scored on a throwing error from Nick Moore.
Albany starter Drew Tolson went seven innings and only allowed the one run while striking out seven batters. The Baylor product is now 3-2 on the season. Kyle Zurak tossed a scoreless ninth inning to pick up his sixth save of the season. Watertown starter Zander Clouse allowed the three runs (two earned) on six hits while striking out six.
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